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The Distant Hours (2010)

by Kate Morton

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  johnrid11 | Feb 12, 2016 |
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  johnrid11 | Feb 12, 2016 |
A letter posted in 1941 finally reaches its destination in 1992 .

Alternating between 2 timelines, the truth of what happened in "the distant hours" is slowly revealed.

historical fiction
gothic mystery...lyrical prose... a gothic castle (Milderhurst castle) becomes a character in itself.
family secrets...romance...tragedy...suspense. ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 11, 2016 |
3 1/2 stars-ish? Phew so I'm finally done! I must say, I'm a bit let down. I can't pinpoint exactly what it is, as this book has multiple things that are right up my alley (lush writing, dual times, family secrets, literary references, creaky castles) and also the fact I adored The Forgotten Garden. It's strange to complain about the length of The Distant Hours when it's almost the same size as The Forgotten Garden, but maybe it's just the way she tells this particular story or the way it unfolds, I have no clue. I just thought it was too MUCH. Now, I like lengthy description. I eat up Tolkien for breakfast. but part of me wanted more clues, more discoveries, or something, but instead we get teased and instead we get this inflated book. There were parts I absolutely loved, even highlighted, then towards the middle all I wanted was more development in our mysteries and characters. Far too much focus went into Edie and her mother, not that they're unlikable, but I found myself more curious about the three Blythe sisters, especially Juniper. I would've liked more backstory. I felt that this book could do with a good sizing down..Like I said, I loved all the literary references, and a lot of her writing, especially the sections about Mud Man, but I didn't connect with the characters as much as I would've liked and I found myself kind of between turning the pages furiously because it was so good and wanting it to to end. I'm sorry if I'm contradicting myself. Part of me is upset because I was so hoping this would be a new favorite and I feel like I wasted so much reading time on it, leading up to disappointment. I spent so much time reading this on and off because I was hoping it would re-hook me, that it took me more than a month to read. Next time I'm DNFing. ( )
  ShyPageSniffer | Feb 4, 2016 |
Most excellent! Actually 4.5 ! Definitely recommend! ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
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Milderhurst Castle is as enchanting to the reader as it is to Edie and her mother but the cast is rarely quite as absorbing because Meredith, Juniper and Thomas are sketchily drawn.
 
En romantisk thriller og etterlengtet tredjebok fra forfatteren av Tilbake til Riverton og Den glemte hagen.
Et brev postet i 1941 når endelig sin mottaker i 1992, med store ringvirkninger for forlagsdirektøren Edie Burchill fra London.
I det forfalne Milderhurst Slott bor det aldrende tvillingparet Pesephone og Seraphina sammen med deres yngre halvsøster, Juniper. De tre eksentriske ugifte kvinnene er døtre av Raymond Blyte, forfatteren av The True History of the Mud Man, en barnebokklassiker som Edie elsker.
Edie, som senere blir invitert til å skrive et forord i et opptrykk av Raymonds mesterverk, besøker det sjarmerende slottet på jakt etter svar.
Hvorfor ble moren hennes så knust av innholdet i et brev sendt 51 år tidligere? Og hva hendte med soldaten Thomas Cavill, Junipers lenge savnede forlovede og Merediths tidligere lærer? Svaret vil overraske leserne.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kate Mortonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayers, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elisabet W. MiddelthonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kwan, LaywanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, CarolineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Möllemann, NorbertÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Middelthon, Elisabet W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snoijink, BobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Hush. . . Can you hear him?
The Trees can.  They are the first to know that he is coming.
Listen! The trees of the deep, dark wood, shivering and jittering their leaves like papery hulls of beaten silver; the sly wind, snaking through their tops, whispering that soon it will begin.
The trees know, for they are old and they have seen it all before.
- "The True History of the Mud Man, Chapter 1"
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For Kim Wilkins,
who encouraged me to start;
and
Davin Patterson,
who was with me to the last full stop
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Edie Burchill, an only child of respectable if dull parents, suddenly finds her life upside down when she receives a letter that should have been delivered fifty years earlier. This letter will send her on a journey into the past and the secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst. Edie and her mother have never been close, but when the long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother's emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a thirteen year old girl, Edie's mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Millderhurst Castle with the Blythe family. Fifty years later, Edie too is drawn to Milderhurst and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiance in 1941 plunged her into madness. Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother's past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it...
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Edie discovers
Buried family secrets,
Mysteries galore.
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A long-lost letter arriving at its destination fifty years after it was sent lures Edie Burchill to crumbling Milderhurst Castle, home of the three elderly Blythe sisters, where Edie's mother was sent to stay as a teenager during World War II.

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